Painter William Kosman practices his art in two worlds. One is the fields and beaches of Normandy, France, where he plants himself on the roadsides and the farms to capture the beauty of the region. The other is Philadelphia, where he represents the diversity of our inhabitants trying to improve their lives in our city streets and neighborhoods filled with our city’s history.
At the Alliance Francaise de Philadelphie, Kosman will describe how he’s been accepted by both worlds, and what he seeks to do in the future – much of it with the Philadelphia Sketch Club – to use art to assist worthwhile causes.
One of the recipients of his efforts is the Alliance Française de Philadelphie, where he’s offering eight of his paintings of the two worlds he portrays for a silent auction whose entire proceeds will be used for the benefit of the Alliance. At the same time, he will show some of his newest paintings and explain how they represent the efforts of many Philadelphians to survive and hopefully thrive in our city.
Bill Kosman has exhibited in several Philadelphia venues, including the Show of Hands gallery, the Alliance Française, the Woodmere Art Museum, the former ArtWorks at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Sketch Club and the Old City Jewish Art Center. He also creates rap videos that utilize his paintings. Bill Kosman studied at the Art Students’ League in New York, the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia, where he received among other awards the coveted Fred and Naomi Hazell Award in 2006 and 2007, and with Jean-Marie Creuseau, in Fresnes, France.